Chicago Skeeball Bars and Leagues

Skeeball, beer ball, and Brewskee-Ball lanes and leagues are popping up across the nation. Skeeball was invented in 1909, and has been a popular arcade game and amusement park activity. In its first 100 years, Skeeball has also landed itself in many bars, some hotels, and for a lucky handful of folks, as a household game. One prerequisite for any skeeballer is the ability to create and listen to an endless amount of skee'll skee what we mean.

Chicago's Skeeball League

The Skee League is the largest skeeball league in Chicago, operating three skee-sons throughout the year at two locations: Begyle Brewing and Glascott's Saloon in Lincoln Park.

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The Skee League also hosts special events, private parties, and an annual skeeball tournament and fundraiser to support the patients and families battling Leukemia and other blood cancers.

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Glascott Saloon

Glascott's has two machines, one in each bar area, which anyone can pay to play during non-league nights.


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Begyle Brewing

Begyle Brewing has one beerball machine downstairs, and two machines upstairs. The Chicago Skeeball League operates rotating seasonal leagues and Monday night open tournaments for Skeeball lovers.

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All 3 lanes at Begyle are used for league play, but only the first floor machine is available for non-league play...that is unless you rent the upstairs for an epic Skeeball party!

As mentioned above, The Skee League holds special events and tournaments, some of which support causes such as the Leukemia Research Foundation and Ride for AIDS. While veteran rollers make it look easy, rolling a perfect game is an incredible accomplishment:

Slugger's in Wrigleyville operates a weekly league run by s3 Leagues.

Chicago Skeeball Bars

In addition to joining a local league, skeeball enthusiasts can roll into one of these bars to shoot for some hundos.

Beef and Barley

Beef and Barley has a vintage skeeball lane:

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Headquarters Beercade

The Lakeview location of Headquarters has a vintage lane. Pair craft beer and vintage arcade and video games of all kinds at this adult beercade.

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Motel Bar

Nestled next to the kitchen, the beer ball lane at Motel Bar in River North is $1 per game.

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The Flat Iron

This Wicker Park watering hole also has a skeeball lane - if you time it right, you can pair a skee game with a Chicago Handshake!


The Slippery Slope

Rollers may not have to wait as long at Logan Square's Slippery Slope, which has a row of 3 machines:


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FTW Steampunk

Streeterville's FTW arcade has skee machines, a full bar, food, and a kid-friendly environment. 

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Dave and Buster's in the Gold Coast has multiple Skeeball machines in addition to their playground of video and arcade games. This location is kid-friendly (with parents in tow) until 11pm. 

Insatiable skeeball addict? Bring the game to your desk or table:


In some ways, Skee ball is like investing (hint: hitting the 40 is like investing in medium-risk growth stocks).

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